PR transit system ready for launch
The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) and Carefor Health and Community Services are launching a new public transit system to enable residents of the eight municipalities to access essential services.
With $2 million in funding from the Ontario government, $1.5 million will be used to develop an intermunicipal transportation service while the other $500,000 will be used to purchase an adapted minivan and the services of a driver for Carefor.
“This transportation network promises to change the landscape of Prescott and Russell for the better, and for the benefit of all its residents,” says Carole Lavigne, director of the counties’ economic development and tourism department.
“More often than not, it is a challenge for vulnerable people living in rural areas to travel around and access the services they need, such as medical appointments or shopping,” explains Alice Grenon, Director of Carefor Community Health Services.
Moving forward, the counties and the consulting firm Axion will begin identifying the needs of the population in terms of community transportation by conducting public consultations and surveys.